Portrait of a Lady

Portrait of a Lady by Laura Bray

Back in the day, when I was doing more collage, I collected a few vintage photographs. They've been collecting dust in a photo box ever since. I'm trying to do a major overhaul of my studio right now and, when I stumbled over these photos, I couldn't bring myself to get rid of them (which is why my studio needs an overhaul). Of course, I stopped cleaning and organizing and decided to paint one of the found photos.

Painting from Found Photos::Laura Bray Designs

The back of this photo says it's a portrait of Augusta Mullin Newport. Someone (I'm guessing Augusta) wrote on the back that the photo was taken in 1918 and that she was pregnant with Bill. Such a small slice of life. I wonder what Augusta's life was like. She had a fancy, fur stole and looked well-dressed, so I'm guessing she came from money. Did her husband fight in the Great War? Did she disapprove of flappers? Did her family lose their money in the Depression? And what about Bill? He was just about the right age to go to war when WWII happened. Did he fight? Did he get out alive? Is he alive somewhere out there, at the ripe old age of 96? Why was his mother's portrait abandoned to a flea market?

Summer Mornings

Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Muffins: Laura Bray Designs

What I wanted to do yesterday morning: Work What I did yesterday morning: Baked homemade, chocolate-chocolate chip muffins and watched a movie with my little girl. Why I did it: Because in a few, short years she'll be sleeping all day or off to the beach with her friends. I'll have all the time inContinue Reading

Whale Printable

Free Whale Printable at www.laurabraydesigns.com

Today I have a free printable for you today! This is Ahab the Whale (his parent's have a sick sense of humor when it comes to naming their children). He's just a little guy, but his heart is very big! Here's how to make him: Supplies: Ahab the Whale Pattern Printable fabric sheets. These areContinue Reading

Everything That Rises Must Converge

I Will Always Be There for You by Laura Bray

Yesterday I was inspired to work with acrylics and it sent me into a tizzy. There I was, quietly enjoying my painting time. I produced a lot of work in a short amount of time. Then I stepped back and looked at my table. My eyes went from my finished acrylic work to my watercolor/illustrationContinue Reading

Art Dolls

Clay Art Doll by Laura Bray www.laurabraydesigns.com

I took a pottery class this Spring. I'll write a longer post about the class on another day but, for now, I wanted to share a little creation that came out of the class. One day, I sculpted four tiny heads: a cat, a frog, a bird, and a girl. I was quite happy withContinue Reading

Italian Baked Eggs

I know I've been MIA lately. It's summer and I'm focusing on my little family. I will occassionally drop in here with some updates, but if you want to see what I'm up to on more a regular basis you may want to start following me on Instagram. My handle there is laurakbray. I'm lovingContinue Reading

Cozy House Night Light

Night Light

When I was a little girl I loved riding home in the backseat of my parent's car,  smashed between my siblings, after a long day with grandparents or from an adventure. As the night would darken, I would see the warm glow from the houses as we passed. Often, there would be people gathered inContinue Reading

3 Tips for a Daily Yoga Practice

Tips for Daily Yoga Practice by Laura Bray

I bet you are wondering why a creative blogger is suddenly writing a post about yoga! Last month, I quietly challenged myself to practice yoga every single day for 30 days. I'm happy to say that I accomplished my goal and went further. I'm on Day 36 and not planning to stop anytime soon. IContinue Reading

My Life in Cups: Day Four

My Life in Cups: Day Four: Laura Bray

My Life In Cups: Day Three

My Life in Cups: Day Three: Laura Bray